After the city voted in favor of taking the Binghamton Plaza over a year ago, plaza property owners appealed the decision this April in the New York State Supreme Court.

Binghamton Mayor Kraham announced today that the court ruled in favor of the city.

"This does not mean that the city gets the keys to the plaza today and we can start demolition. There are several legal steps that have to take place in accordance with eminent domain procedure law that we have to do first," said Kraham.

Kraham said the owners have 30 days to appeal the decision.

Pending that decision, he expects planning for the next steps to take place over the course of the next year.

Kraham says, "This should be a site of waterfront redevelopment, of expanded park space, and new economic opportunities to serve the residents of the City of Binghamton and beyond. This should be a destination as it once was when it first opened as a shopping plaza many decades ago. And it still has that promise."

As for the businesses in the plaza, the decision won't affect them anytime soon, as the mayor expects them to maintain business as usual well into 2025.

He says he will actively work with them to relocate before the city begins its demolition work.

"We want to get them somewhere that they can shine, that they can grow jobs, and support the services that they're providing residents and the jobs they offer," he said.